ISM Honors Persons of the Year

FOR RELEASE: May 5, 2008

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ISM Public Relations
Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276, extension 3087

(TEMPE, Ariz.) May 5, 2008 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announced Persons of the Year Award winners today at an invitation-only appreciation breakfast. The ISM Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Presentation was held in St. Louis in conjunction with the ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. Award winners were recognized for efforts and accomplishments achieved during the prior year. The Persons of the Year Awards recognize excellence in Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism. Recipients of ISM's 2007 Persons of the Year Award are:

Education/Learning Person of the Year — Eileen Byrne-Halczyn, Ph.D., A.P.P., ISM—Florida Gulf Coast, Inc.
The Education/Learning Person of the Year is a member who has made significant contributions that advanced educational and training opportunities through continuous improvement of ISM products and programs. Eileen Byrne-Halczyn, Ph.D., A.P.P., is honored for her "passion to teach to others everything that she has learned and everything that is needed for people to be successful in supply chain." She has planned and led numerous seminars, plant tours and training events. She continually encourages fellow members to take advantage of leadership training, certification and other educational opportunities and resources. In addition, she mentors students at the middle school, high school, and university level.

Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year — Jim Haining, C.P.M., A.P.P., ISM—Nevada, Inc.
The Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year is a member who has demonstrated an innovative approach to the work, the profession or program through use of initiative and creativity, which improved their own performance. Jim Haining, C.P.M., A.P.P., is honored for his successful efforts to act as a change agent and advocate for continuous improvement to take advantage of new technology available. Under Haining's leadership, a variety of Web-based technologies were used to conduct member surveys, streamline administrative functions and facilitate online registration and secure payment for affiliate activities. Haining has been the catalyst to make changes required to keep ISM—Nevada, Inc. in sync with the needs of its members.

Leadership Person of the Year — Christine Couts, NAPM—Columbus, Inc.
The Leadership Person of the Year is a member who has been a visionary for the advancement of ISM, the profession and/or the public at large. This individual shows willingness to manage change in work priorities, procedures and organization. Christine Couts is honored for fostering global thinking, promoting a team approach and aligning organizational goals to ISM. Couts embraces the "together everyone achieves more" philosophy. She networks for the benefit of NAPM—Columbus, Inc. and encourages people to get people to get involved in specific tasks to help develop them as future leaders. In addition, Couts worked on her affiliate's 2006 and 2007 three-year strategic plan and is working on steps for the 2008 plan.

Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year — Robert A. Barwick, A.P.P., ISM—Milwaukee, Inc.
The Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year is a member who has made the most effective use of marketing and communication tools for the advancement of ISM and the profession. This individual shows a superior ability and willingness to work positively and effectively both up and down the line and with peers and the public. Robert A. Barwick, A.P.P., is honored for his dedication of time and resources to his affiliate and the profession. He was the artistic and editorial spearhead for ISM—Milwaukee, Inc.'s new and improved Web site, which heightens the affiliate's image and service through clean design and accessible content. Barwick has used Supply Management Month as a springboard for more opportunities to share the goals of ISM—Milwaukee, Inc. and the supply management profession with employers, students and prospective members.

Volunteer Person of the Year — David G. Duprey, NAPM—Greater Syracuse, Inc.
The Volunteer Person of the Year is a member who most exemplifies the spirit of ISM and the supply management profession in their contributions. David G. Duprey is honored for his leadership while serving as affiliate treasurer. He has managed the financials for NAPM—Greater Syracuse, Inc. and was a catalyst in bringing the affiliate to a point where it allowed acceptance of credit cards for dues and ticket sales to the affiliate's annual clambake. He also was instrumental in moving the affiliate's printed and mailed newsletter to a Web site and electronic newsletter, allowing the affiliate to save money as well as get information to members in a more timely fashion.

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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